What is laser resurfacing for pitting acne scars like?

Excise pitting scars. Laser resurfacing (or for that matter, dermabrasion resurfacing) can improve the overall quality of skin, and even acneiform-scarred skin. Of course, darker pigmented skin is potentially more difficult to treat via resurfacing techniques due to possible hyperpigmentation. Nonetheless, ice pick scars or deep pitting scars, are often best excised first; then resurfacing treatments can follow.

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Could laser resurfacing completely remove acne scars. Any side effects?

Not completely. But it's pretty good. There's also microsurgery and fillers. It's safe and not so bad. I'm sorry you weren't treated as you should have been when you had your acne, and i hope you get what you want. Read more...

Can I get laser resurfacing for acne scars if I still have acne?

Best to wait. It is best to have the acne under control before doing scar treatment. See your dermatologist and get the acne clear and then plan on a treatment for the acne scars. Read more...

I have indented acne scars. Is laser resurfacing the only option or are other alternatives available?

Fillers, laser. Some types of acne scars respond well to fillers (restylane, juvederm, radiesse). Others do better with laser treatments. Read more...
Other treatments. There are other treatments as well, for example: 1) scar subscission 2) dermapen 3) cross tca peel 4) direct excision 5) fillers 6) traditional dermabrasion. Read more...

Does laser resurfacing really get rid of acne scars?

Lasers reduce scars. Lasers will definitely reduce acne scars and improve the appearance of the skin. Patients with severe scarring often require multiple treatments with the laser to achieve improvement. Further, severe acne scarring cannot be erased or totally removed. However, patients who have the expectation of improvement in their scarring are typically very happy with the results. Read more...
Partially. Honestly, deep acne scars are difficult to treat with our current methods. At best, even with a good laser resurfacing treatment, 50% improvement would be considered a "good result". Read more...

Could the co2 fractional laser resurfacing really work for acne scars?

Yes helpful. Series of deep fractional laser treatments may help acne scars, but unlikely to remove all. Depending on shape and depth of scars influences result. Example, 'ice pick' type scars hard to remove, 'crater-like' poc marks do better to smooth scar margins from nearby skin. Also may need mechanical dermabrasion which improves surface smoothness. Read more...
Yes. Fractional lasers can do a nice job of improving acne scars. I generally treat bad acne scars with a combination treatment, including laser, PRP and sometimes subcision (for the deep ice picks) or fillers/fat transfer. For scarring that is not so severe I will generally start with a course of Laser Genesis (about 5-6 treatments). Read more...

How can I get some insight with laser resurfacing for acne scars (had severe cystic acne when I was younger)?

Acne scar laser. I think the best laser for acne scars is the carbon dioxide laser or the newer fractionated lasers (like fraxel). Read more...
ND yag laser. I have some preliminary results with nd yag laser which appear to be promising with acceptable patient satisfaction. Read more...

What is the difference between a chemical peel and laser resurfacing? What is better for purple/red acne scars?

Peel versus laser. Chemical peels use an acid to chemically damage the outer layers of the skin. Lasers also damage the skin using light energy, there is a new laser that emits a pattern of laser energy in the skin, it can be done with numbing cream on the face. Purple /red scars are still active and a probably are best treated with steeroids. Read more...

Is it safe to use laser resurfacing for acne scars if you had radiation for cancer years ago?

Yes. Doublecheck with the physician who'll administer the laser, but unless you have old radiation dermatitis or telangiectasias in the area, you'll probably be fine. Congratulations on your recovery from cancer. Best wishes. Read more...